Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Kori Kline had already had roles in two Smyth Jewelers commercials. She appeared once as a wedding guest and another time as a maid of honor. The third time would be a charm.
The Baltimore resident was cast as an unsuspecting bride-to-be on the receiving end of a proposal in a September shoot for the jewelry company, but little did she know the proposal would be real.
On the day of the set, she awaited her Prince Charming co-star, who was late.
“I kept thinking, ‘I feel really bad for this actor because I know if I was late, I’d be terrified to show up on set,’” she said. But then in walked her boyfriend, Zach Sullivan of Pasadena. Immediately, Kline said she had a rush of emotions.
“I was very confused,” Kline said. “I wasn’t expecting to see him. I was trying to piece it all together.”
Sullivan dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Kline said yes.
Kline later learned that Sullivan had been planning the proposal for two months. He had teamed with Smyth to design a ring and plan a surprise proposal for Kline that would later become an actual commercial for the jewelry company, which has since garnered thousands of views and hundreds of shares.
In the video, Kline is seen preparing and getting hair and makeup done for the commercial shoot. When it’s time to film the scene, Kline is told her co-star is stuck in traffic and is running late. Minutes later, Sullivan walks in.
“I’ve never been more sure of anything than wanting to marry you and grow old together. Will you marry me?” Sullivan said.
A Smyth spokeswoman stated in an email to The Baltimore Sun that the plan all started with Sullivan, who contacted Smyth via a handwritten letter to pitch the idea.
Kline said friends and family have been overjoyed for the couple, who have been dating for nearly four years.
“My mom cried pretty much the entire day that I got engaged,” Kline said, and friends, who have been sharing the video online, have stated that Sullivan has set the bar high for those looking to propose.
“[A friend’s] boyfriend said, ‘It’s going to take a lot to top that one,’” Kline said.
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